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Historic

WIN A Spitfire Flight worth £2975!

Flypast, Aeroplane Monthly and Britain at War magazines have teamed up with Spitfires.com to give one lucky reader the chance to win a flight in a Spitfire.

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Return of the Hawker Sea Fury to Australian skies

Following a lengthy absence, a Hawker Sea Fury is once again flying in Australia, bedecked appropriately in Royal Australian Navy colours. Gavin Conroy and Paul Bennet tell the former air racer’s story

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‘Wings over Windermere’ exhibition set to open

Charity The Lakes Flying Company is setting up a permanent exhibition called ‘Wings over Windermere’ at Windermere Library to tell the story of the Waterbird, the first successful British seaplane.

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Prototype Jackaroo back in the air

The prototype Thruxton Jackaroo, G-AOEX (c/n 86483), has been restored to airworthiness for the first time in almost 60 years. The aircraft made its first post-restoration flight in February with Dan Griffith at the controls, and has since been issued with a permit to fly.

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The inside story of a Brazilian Air Force AMX squadron

In November 2023, the 3º/10º GAV Centauro Squadron celebrated its 45th anniversary. Headquartered at Santa Maria Air Base, the unit has provided the front line in air-to-ground missions from the pampas in the far south of Brazil, as João Paulo Moralez and Santiago Rivas explain

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B-52s in historic Eastern European deployment

Two B-52Hs from the USAF’s 2nd Bomb Wing recently arrived in Romania for Bomber Task Force 24-4 – the first time US strategic bomber aircraft have operated out of this East European country.

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Oklahoma ANG F-16s deploy to Europe

A detachment of Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons have arrived in Europe.

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Commercial

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FARNBOROUGH: 50 ME-1A amphibious aircraft ordered by India’s MEHAIR

Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Pvt Ltd (MEHAIR) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with US-based Mallard Enterprises for the purchase of 50 ME-1A amphibious aircraft.

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FARNBOROUGH: Drukair opts for more Airbuses to expand international network

Drukair - Royal Bhutan Airlines, the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bhutan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for A320neos and A321XLRs.

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Virgin Atlantic to stop serving mainland China

Virgin Atlantic will drop its Shanghai service – its sole link to mainland China – on October 26, after 25 years of operating the route.

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Airbus A321XLR receives EASA certification

Airbus has secured European certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the A321XLR.

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FARNBOROUGH: Major Korean Air widebody order

On the first day of the Farnborough International Airshow it has been announced that Korean Air is to buy up to 50 widebody jets from Boeing.

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Flight Simulation

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PC Pilot Issue 152

Issue 152 July-August of PC Pilot in page-turning format features a review of SC Designs’ 1960s fighter F-5E Tiger II for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Halifax Stanfield Airport for MSFS upgraded

FSimStudios has released version 2 of CYHZ Halifax Stanfield International Airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Tomahawk for Microsoft Flight Simulator released

Just Flight has announced the PA-38 Tomahawk for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

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The event webpage states: "Uncover the story of the legendary 19 Squadron, the fighter pilots who made Spitfire history at Dunkirk and throughout the Battle of Britain at Flying Days: 19 Squadron. Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."

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The event webpage states: "A tale of two countries bound by duty, find out about the special relationship between America and Britain. Enjoy a few surprises in the sky and a great day out on the ground at Flying Days: The Americans. Regarding the IWM Duxford Flying Days it says: "Enjoy a special themed display, providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying, on top of your great day out at IWM Duxford."